Happy St Patrick’s weekend folks. I hope you are taking advantage of this fine spell of weather to get out into the garden. Now is the perfect time to get the likes of salad leaves, herbs, tomatoes and peas started in your greenhouse or on your kitchen windowsill.
Today I am putting shallots on a tray of compost in the greenhouse. Within a couple of weeks they will have green shoots sprouting and it’s at this point that I plant them out in a vegetable bed. They will be hardier and easier to space with their green shoots in place. That’s my top tip for today.
And speaking of tips, have you seen that the RTE Guide have been producing a Home and Garden magazine supplement over the past couple of weeks? In the Garden supplement (out March 17th) you will find my guide to starting with chickens and also my practical guide to growing herbs and salads. Be sure to check it out.
If you’re picking up the RTE Guide, you might come across Irish Country magazine, and in the current edition, I share my beginners guide to keeping a milking goat in your garden.
And in the UK and bigger Irish bookstores and newsagents, you’ll find the latest edition of Home Farmer – in this issue you’ll find all my butter-making secrets including how to make nut butters and flavoured butters.
Next month I’ll be in Wexford town for two events – a Food from an Irish Garden talk and also a cookery demonstration (more details later).
So if you have free hour this long weekend, how about sowing some seeds?
Happy St Patricks Day folks…
“Food from an Irish Garden” is available in bookstores nationwide (Orpen Press €17.95)
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